Love books, preferably romance and suspense. Typically read/listen to 3-5 a week.
I was totally surprised by this book. I purchased it because it was on a special, boy was I surprised. I really didn't think I would like it, but I have already listened to it more then once.
The book starts off calm and sort of cute taking you by surprise with the drama and suspense that follows. It sort of ease you right into the drama. You think it's a soft story and then boom - the drama and suspense begins. It was about the list the ladies put together as to their version of a perfect man. This unfolds and the drama begins concerning this list but not in the way you may think until you get more into the story. It is an old book, but a good one.
I loved the relationship between Sam and Jane. The friendship between the 4 friends was written well. I didn't like what happened to them, but that was the essence of the book. The only negative thing I can say is I was not thrilled with the narrator. She was just okay.
The story was exciting, kept my attention the entire time. That is not an easy thing to do with me because I get bored fast. This one had it all for me. Drama, suspense, funny, and romance. Well, I guess it was a bit interesting how Sam and Jane fell in love in all of 3 weeks, but I've heard that in real-life so I guess it can happen.
It was gripping. Couldn't stop listening.
The ending with Jane & Sam. That's all I'll say.
I listened to this book because I've listened to or read just about everything Linda Howard has ever written. Up against some of my favorites like "Kiss Me While I Sleep" and "Death Angel", this book is definitely not one of Ms. Howard's best. It is an odd mix of humorous romance entwined with a plot that features a psychotic serial killer. I couldn't decide if I should laugh or feel edgy. The reader did a good job with voicing the multiple characters, which made it easy to listen to. This is a fun 'read' and a good one if you are a true Linda Howard fan. If this is your first time with this author, try my favorites first.
PLOT: 5 women make a list of the "perfect man" leading a serial killer to hunt them down.
Janine Bright is one of the 5 friends who meet every Friday for a drink and "rag" on men session. After a few drinks they make up a list of the "perfect man" in each womans eyes and the list is HYSTERICAL AND DETAILED "~ SOON the List is bringing UNWANTED attention and fame to the ladies of the List as it hits GOOD MORNING AMERICA and the internet. An abused killer is SET off when HE reads the list and soon is stalking one by one the ladies who wrote the list. Janine has RUDE nasty neighbor who has the disposition of a RABID skunk~ is DETECTIVE SAM DONOVAN~ oh THE fun AS Janine and Sam goes toes to toes in this one~ BEST character development by Howard we have read. the slant is on HUMOR and intrigue as Janine suddenly is *involved* with Sam in and out of bed.~ as the KILLER slowly tracks down the LIST ladies SAM is doing his very best to keep Janine alive.
I give this plot 10 stars but 5 is as high as they go. We also get inside the mind of the KILLER who was very abused as a child who is driven to "GET even". The mystery is first rate~ the romance is hot hot hot~ the humor is grand because this couple IS FUN~ and the great surprise ending is excellent. this was unavailable on audio for many years in the un abrided form and audible has been able to give this oldie but goodie GEM by Linda Howard. The READER is excellent and this over all is one of the BEST by Linda Howard. also see All the Queens Men and Now You See Her and Open Season all released again in audio after many years and were very hard to find RELEASE IN UNABRIDGED FORM~ thank you audbible~
The storyline was good, not great (a bit predictable). The narrator completely grated on my nerves. Her male voices all sounded like a grumpy old man who has smoked for 40 years, and her elderly lady voice sounded like the wicked witch of the west. Too bad really, because I would have enjoyed the book much more with a different narrator.
I have been looking for this audiobook for years after getting it from the library long ago. As soon as I saw it in audible's listing, I downloaded it. I noticed right away that it was not the narrator I remember. Researching this, I found that the original narrator that made me love the book so much was Jenna Stern. Laura Hicks is fine. I have no real complaints, but I didn't find her Jaine quite as funny and engaging. I think if I had never heard the original I would have given this narrator a higher rating. There is absolutely nothing wrong with her, I would listen to her narrate any other books, I just preferred Jenna Stern on this one, having had that comparison. But other than that, the book was as good as I remember. The perfect combination of murder mystery, suspense, romance and my favourite part - humour.
The author should have taken more risk - and used more of her personal experience.
She seemed to match her delivery to the writing style, which meant to me it remained primarily the author's work - thanks to Ms Hicks.
The policeman; a rubber duck with a hole in it would have more personality.
I don't think the author knows much about police procedure, nor violence, neither depraved nor overt; her steamy sex came across as a dying snail she was keeping good distance from by poking at it with a long stick.
I understand that the golden rule in writing fiction is to write about things you know about. The author, I firmly believe, does have real talent but, please! Write about something that has meaning for you and which you really love.
Never read Linda Howard before. Love mysteries and women who solve them, so I thought I'd like this. But it reads like a formulaic romance: feisty heroine, irritating but truly good and great looking hero, etc. etc. I was waiting for the murder, but I just I can't take it anymore. I like a little more subtlety. If you're a fan of Ruth Rendell or Laura Lippman, this may not appeal to you. I'm dissing it. The writing seems good. Just not for me.
I liked it as it was written. Funny and adventerous at the same time.
Not to loose the two characters that were lost.
Oh she did a very good job doing all the characters voices.
Yes It was well done.
I will recommend this one to others.